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The Jacksonville free press
Running title:
Mrs. Perry's free press
Physical Description:
v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Rita Luffborough Perry
Place of Publication:
Jacksonville Fla
Creation Date:
April 7, 2005
Publication Date:


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Additional Physical Form:
Available on microfilm from the University of Florida.
Additional Physical Form:
Also available on optical disc from Ethnic newswatch.
Dates or Sequential Designation:
Vol. 4, no. 36 (June 28, 1990)-
General Note:
"Florida's First Coast only quality Black weekly."

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University of Florida
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Campaign Trail
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Black Colleges in Alabama

Forced to Confront HIV
A study documenting a disproportionate number of HIV infections
among African-Americans attending North Carohna universities has
prompted Alabama's historically black colleges to more openly address
the disease. In 2002, North Carolina initiated a method of detecting early
HIV infections among those % ho voluntarily tested at public clinms. The
effort discovered 84 newly infected male college students, 73 of whom
were African-American. Researchers said it % as the first documented H1I
outbreak on U.S. college campuses.
According to researchers, a major cause of increasing HIV infections is
young African-American men ho are having unprotected relations %ith
other men but who do not self-identify as gay or bisexual. In the North
Carolina study, 67 of the black men %% ith HIV reported relations n ith men,
and 27 of those also had female partners.
Both Alabama State Universit and AA&N Li offer free. confidential
HIV antibody testing. At Tro3 Uni\erspit. the African-Amencan Alliance
and the university chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists
have teamed up to bring in health professionals for HIV screening and
education efforts.

Group Alleges Bank

NEW YORK A New York-based community group has accused
Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. of charging higher rates on
mortgage loans to black and Hispanic home buyers than to whites. The
financial institutions countered that the data %\ere fla\ ed and that their
loan policies are fair.
The allegations by Inner City Press-Fair Finance Watch, a consumer
advocacy group. were based on the first of a series of reports made pub-
lic by the government under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act.
HMDA requires financial Institutions to report information on home
loans priced above comparable TreasurN rates. First-lien loans must be
reported if they exceed the Treasury rate by 3 percentage points, and sec-
ond mortgages by 5 percentage points.
The Inner City Press said its analysis of data filed by Citigroup found
that "African American borrowers are more than four times more likely to
receive a rate-spread loan than it hite borrowers." It said that Hispanic bor-
rowers "are more than six times more likely to receive a rate-spread loan
from Citigroup than are non-Hisparuc white borro\ ers."
The group also said members of both minority groups were turned down
for loans more frequently than %whites.

Howard's 'Hilltop' Becomes

1st HBCU Daily Newspaper
The Hilltop, the 81-year-old student-run newspaper at Howard
University, has made history: It is now the nation's first and only daily
black collegiate newspaper, publishing five days a week.
Monday through Friday, the newspaper t ill offer its readers coverage of
news and features on Howard University's campus, as well as stories of
interest around the Washington, D.C. region.
Last month's transformation from a bi-w\ eekly new paper to a daily pub-
lication was a milestone and journalistic achieve ement for students and fac-
ulty at Howard University, one of America's most prestigious colleges
According to the Black College Communication Association. \w which
monitors black collegiate publications, Howard joins the other two black
college newspapers in the nation that publish more than once a week:
Florida A&M University's newspaper, The Famuan. is published three
times a week, and Southern Uni\ersiti's newspaper. Southern Digest. is
printed twice a week.
The Hilltop was co-founded by author and Howard University alumna
Zora Neale Hurston in 1924, according to Howard University history. By
1929, the newspaper was pubhshed bi-monthly.
A year later, The Hilltop became a cekly newspaper and remained so
for 71 years. By 2001, The Hilltop twas a bi-weekly publication until last

Prosecutor Finds Sharpton

Not Tied to Fraud charges

PHILADELPHIA -- An investiga-
tion into whether the Rev. Al
Sharpton was involved in a scheme to
defraud a pension fund was based on
misinterpreted wiretaps, said a
Philadelphia prosecutor.
Sharpton, a long-shot presidential
candidate at the time of the probe,
attracted authorities' attention when
he started raising campaign money with late Democratic fund-raiser
Ronald White -- a target of a federal corruption probe.
In a sealed 2003 affidavit, FBI agents alleged there was "probable cause"
to think Sharpton, White and others were conspiring to defraud the New
York pension fund.
"To put it very simply, we were wrong," Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert
Zauzmer said. "If you look at the later affidavits, you will see that their
names are dropped out as we figure out what [is] going on here."

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Winston Peele Celebrates First Birthday
Family and friends gathered at the Clara White Mission on a rainy Friday
afternoon to celebrate the first birthday of Winston Lance peele. One year
old Winston, the son of the Mission's CEO Ju'Coby Pittman Peele and her
husband, Carthage Chapel Mortuary owner Kenneth Peele, delighted in a
delicious birthday cake and being the star of the show. The young Peele is
destined for success with such trailblazing parents.

March Unemployment Rate for

African Americans Hits 10.3%
U.S. Representative Melvin Watt (D-NC), chairman of the Congres-
sional Black Caucus (CBC), released the following statement regarding the
March unemployment figures announced by the U.S. Department of
Labor:" African American unemployment is an astonishing 10.3 percent,
compared to 4.4 percent for White Americans, according to unemploy-
ment numbers released by the U.S. Department of Labor. This, unfortu-
nately, impacts on all aspects of life and widens the disparities gap for
African Americans in health care, retirement security, education, employ-
ment security and wealth building."

King Remembered 37 Years After Slaying

The voice of Martin Luther King
Jr. boomed again from the pulpit of
Ebenezer Baptist Church yesterday
as dozens of people gathered to
commemorate the 37th anniversary
of the civil rights leader's assassina-
Excerpts of several King speech-
es were played over a loudspeaker
at the church, where King preached
from 1960 to 1968, including his
"I've Been to the Mountain Top"
speech, delivered in Memphis,
Tenn., just hours before his death.
Among the crowd was U.S. Rep.
John Lewis, a lieutenant of King's
during the civil rights movement
who became a follower as a teenag-
er after hearing King on the radio
during the Montgomery bus boy-
Lewis, a Georgia Democrat,
remembered being a nervous col-
lege student when he met King for
the first time. "He changed my life,"
Lewis recalled. "The most peaceful
warrior of the 20th century lived
and walked among us."

Coretta Scott King, widow of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is flanked by
her son, Martin Luther King III and Christine King Farris, sister of Martin
Luther King Jr., during a wreath laying ceremony marking the 37th anniver-

sary of King's assassination
Their 10-year relationship ended
when King was gunned down on a
Memphis hotel balcony on April 4,
1968. Lewis was in Indianapolis
when he heard the news.
"It was a very sad and dark hour
in America and for the movement,"
Lewis said. "But we didn't give up.

We didn't give in. We kept the faith.
"Martin Luther King is telling us
today that we must never give up or
lose faith," he said.
After listening to the speeches, the
multiracial audience of at least 100
people joined hands and sang the
battle hymn of the civil rights

movement, "We Shall Overcome."
Patricia Wilson, who came to the
ceremony with her two sisters, was
a 20-year-old college student when
she heard of King's death.
"It hit me like a bolt of lightning,"
she recalled. "I wondered what was
happening to our country."
Wilson, 57, of San Diego, said she
wanted to mark the anniversary of
King's death at his church.
"Hearing his voice, the greatness
of the man is something that touch-
es me. He was somebody who gave
his life for change," Wilson said.
King was 39 when he died. James
Earl Ray was convicted in the slay-
ing a year later and sentenced to 99
years in prison. He died in 1998.
Organizers urged the audience to
remember King's life as well as his
death and to celebrate his enduring
"Martin Luther King, more than
any other American of the 20th cen-
tury, had the power, the ability and
the capacity to bring more people
together to do good," Lewis said.



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Which Credit Card is Right For You

Credit cards have become an
everyday part of American life.
For many people pulling out the
plastic at the register has become
the preferred payment method. As
credit has become more prevalent
so has the number of different cards
available. When looking for a new
credit card, today's consumers face
a variety of different card programs
making choosing the right card a
daunting task.
To assist consumers in the credit
card comparison and evaluation
process, the consumer education
organization Myvesta has recently
launched a new credit card section
on their Web site. The new
section, available online at
Myvesta.org/cards, contains credit
card comparison tools which enable

consumers to search and compare
credit-cards based on interest rates,
fees, rewards and types of cards. A
credit education section containing
free publications, credit card
definitions and tips on using credit
is also available.
"Whether you have a perfect
credit history or are looking to
rebuild your credit after having past
mistakes, deciding which card to
use is a vital part of properly
managing your finances," said
Steve Rhode, president of
Myvesta. "Most people aren't fully
aware of the different types of
cards that are available. By being
able to compare different card
offers and weigh the pros and cons
of each card, you can make an
educated decision on which card is

Do you know an

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Someone who is constantly doing for others and putting
someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
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According to Rhode, people
often make the mistake of shopping
for credit cards by only looking for
the cards with the lowest interest
"If you're the type of person who
uses your card for all your
purchases and you pay off the
balance every month, look around
for a credit card that offers a
reward program you will actually
use," Rhode says. "Don't decide
on interest rates alone, every card
has a zero percent interest rate if
you pay the balance off in full
every month."

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Looking Out for Your Family?

Why it Doesn't Pay

What could be more sensible or
thoughtful than paying for your
funeral in advance? You get the
farewell you want, and your
survivors won't have to make
stressful decisions or spend from
their own pockets.
Today the price of a traditional
service and burial can easily top
$10,000. That includes about
$6,500 for the funeral service,
embalming, caskets, and grave
liner; $2,000 for the burial; and an
indefinite amount for niceties like
flowers, obituary notices, thank-
you cards, and limousines. To lock
in prices and spare their relatives
the hassle, millions of Americans
have tied up more than $25 billion
in so-called pre-need funeral
With a pre-need plan, you pick
the casket and the type of ceremony
you want, sign a contract, and pay,
say, $5,000. The funeral director
invests the money in either a trust
fund or an insurance policy.
Presumably, the policy or account
will have earned enough to pay for
everything when you die.
Problem is, those contracts often
don't deliver the peace of mind
they promise. Here's why:
You may not be able to take it
with you. If you prepay for a
funeral in Buffalo, then decide five
years and 50 snowstorms later that
you'd prefer to spend the rest of
your life in sunny Florida, you may
not be able to transfer the contract
with you. If a salesperson claims
you will be able to do so, make
sure the contract spells out the
geographical boundaries of the
service area that it covers. If you
decide to cancel a contract that you
no longer want, you may only get
back a portion of your money.
Refunds are rare. If the funeral
home where you buy a prepaid
contract goes bust, don't count on
getting your money back. Some
states have established funds to

compensate consumers if a funeral
home' cannot either provide the
services it promised or cough up a
A prepaid funeral isn't all-
inclusive. It may not cover many
goods and services, such as
flowers, newspaper notices, or cash
for the clergyman who officiates at
your memorial and burial services.
Nor does the contract usually cover
the costs of a cemetery plot, a
headstone, or cemetery fees for
opening, closing, and caring for the
grave if you opt for a traditional
burial. Your survivors will have to

foot the bill or use funds from your
If you choose a prepaid plan
despite its drawbacks, study your
contract's fine print to see what it
does and does not guarantee.
Otherwise, plan your funeral in
advance but arrange to pay for it
when you go. Here's what to do:
Shop for what you want. Visit or
call local funeral homes to find out
what products and services they
offer and how much they charge.
When making the rounds, ask for
an itemized price list of goods and
services. Under Federal Trade
Commission rules, funeral homes
must give you a copy to take with
you, or quote prices over the phone
if you call during business hours.
There's no guarantee that the
funeral home that's cheapest today
will retain that distinction when
you die. So give your family a list

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Personal Injury

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The Chamber's Small Business Center (SBC) provides comprehen-
sive support, training and assistance to Jacksonville's small business com-
munity including:
Business Workshops
Core City Business Recruitment
Doing Business with the Government
Business Research Facilities
Access to Capital

Benefiting thousands of entrepreneurs and small business owners each
year, the SBC boasts a notable track record. This year the SBC helped:
3,377 individuals attend counseling sessions
2,694 individuals attend workshops
create 161 jobs
70 business gain certification
assist with $1 I million in government contracts
assist with $5 million in access to capital

To learn more about the Small Business
Center or to schedule
an appointment, call
(904) 924-1 100.

Chamber of Commerce

Small business is BIG at the Chamber.




to Prepay
of what you want (specifying the
casket and ceremony, for example)
and ask them to look around for
lower prices at the time of your
Look for ways to cut other costs.
You may be able to buy a casket
for less from a retailer or Internet
company than you can from a
funeral home. No need to store the
casket in your attic until you need
it. The merchant may be able to
ship it overnight to the funeral
home when your relatives order.
Under the Funeral Rule, a funeral
home must allow you to use a
casket from another provider
without charging you a fee. You
may be able to buy a cemetery plot
at a reduced price from someone
who no longer wants it. Check the
classified ads in local newspaper as
well as, eBay.
Consider cremation. It can cost
less than $1,000, and it's the choice
of more than one-quarter of
Americans who die each year. For
more cost-cutting tips, get in touch
with a funeral consumer group in
your area. Some negotiate discount
rates for their members at local
funeral homes. To find a group,
contact the nonprofit Funeral
Consumers Alliance
Put money in a pay-on-death
account to cover cost of your
funeral. This beats handing your
cash to a funeral director and
letting him earn interest on it.
When you die, the beneficiary you
chose for your account can
withdraw the money to pay for
your funeral.
Don't keep your plan a secret.
Tell your family or friends what
kind of funeral you want. Better
yet, put your wishes in writing and
give copies to the person you've
chosen to carry out your wishes.

Dunn Ave. Main St.
Revitalization Plan
The City of Jacksonville
Planning & Development
Dept. and the Jacksonv'ille
International .1 Airport,
Community Redevelopment
Agency are beginning a
revitalization plan for Dunn
Ave. & Main St. The results
will be plans for future public
investment along the
corridors to stimulate private
development. You are
invited to participate in a
public neetin g c.r, ee,< ling
c,:::rndi ic:;ri, s a.i .o na I h e
Thursday, April 21, 2005
6:30 8:30 p.m.
School. Cafeteria
143 Oceanway
Ave. Jacksonville, FL
Directions From the 9.4 Intersection
travel North on Main St Turn right
onto Oceaniay located less than a quarter rmle from
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conditions between Blacks and
Whites in economics, health, educa-
tion, social justice and civic engage-
ment, states the following:
Economics: The biggest divide
between Blacks and Whites is eco-
nomic status, nearly 20 percent
worse than any other category. In
2005, Black unemployment remains
stagnant at 10.8 percent while White
unemployment has decreased to 4.7
percent making Black unemploy-
ment more than 2.3 times more than
Whites. More than 1 in 10 African-
Americans are now unemployed.
This is now more than twice the
number of unemployed Whites. In
cities like New York and Chicago,
some estimates put the number of
unemployed Black males at 50 per-
The median net northh of an Afri-
can-American familN is $6,100
compared to $67,000 for a White
family. Viewed another way, the
average African-American family
owns $60.900 less in wealth than
the average White family.
Home Ownership: The home-
ownership rate for Blacks is nearly
50 percent versus more then 70 per-
cent for Whites. African-American
mortgage denial and home impro% e-
ment loan rates have improved. But,
African-Americans are still denied
these types of loans twice more of-
ten than Whites.
Health: The health index shows
slight declines compared to last year
because of a faster increase in obe-
sity rates for African- Americans
than for Whites. On average, Blacks
are twice as likely to die from dis-
ease, accident, behavior and homi-
cide at every stage of life than
Whites. Life expectancy is 72 years
for Blacks and 78 years for Whites.
Education: Teachers with less
than three years of experience are
assigned to predominately Black
and other racial minority schools at
twice the rate that they are sent to
White schools.

Social Justice: 2005 showed the
equality gap between Whites and
Blacks in the criminal justice sys-
tem is worsening, going from 73
percent to 68 percent. Blacks are
three times more likely to become
prisoners once arrested and a Black
person's average jail sentence is six
months longer than a White's for
the same crime 39 months versus
33 months. <
Civic Engagement: Volunteer-
ism is declining for both.Blacks and
Whites most likely because of the
problems associated with the 2001
"Forty years later, we can look
around and take some comfort in the
gains we have made since that day.
A Black middle-class that has quad-
rupled, an African-American pov-
ertN rate that has been cut in half,
and more Alfrican-American doc-
tors, lawyers, business owners, and
elected officials than ever before,"
says Morial. "But when we look at
where we are now, when we look at
this year's State- of Black Amerioa
report, we see that we still have a
long, long way to go.l'
Two years ago, the State of Black
America predicted that with a third
of Black families trapped near or
below the poverty line, Black Amer-
ica would remain socially stagnant
in the 21st century. Last year's re-
port said Blacks were less than
three-quarters of the way toward
reaching equality with Whites, as if
Blacks are still counted as three-
fifths of person that they were
counted as two centuries ago. The
report released this week says the
equality index is the same as last
year three-quarters of the way to
reaching equality with Whites.
Morial and 11 social scientists,
whose essays are published as part
of the report, say there are answers
to the disparities.
In his "Prescriptions for Change"
chapter, Morial suggests:
Congress must extend the 1965
Voting Rights Act; some sections

Shown above, the days activities included teams sports, food and
even free snow cones (above) prepared by Office of Community
Service Director Terry Little Brady.

EWC Holds Student

Appreciation Day
The students of Edward Waters College were treated to a special
day in their honor this past weekend. The Office of Student Affairs
sponsored the EWC Student Appreciation Day which included free
food, music, fun and fellowship. Students enjoyed a day filled with
barbecue, crab boil, games, popcorn, sno-cones, double-dutch, and
a dunking booth. Students received free t-shirts with the words
"EWC Appreciates Me" written on the shirt. Each student who
recited a historical fact about EWC was given a shirt.
Mark Your Calendar

World of Nations
The Annual World of'Nations
Celebration will be held April 28 -
May 1, 2005 at Metropolitan Park.
Join your friends and neighbors on
an exciting trip around the globe at
the 13th Annual World of Nations
Celebration. Participants will
celebrate the rich cultural traditions
and unique heritage of people from
around the world through cuisine,
artistry and customs from lands
near and far. Saturday night
features an incredible fireworks
showcase choreographed to music
specialty chosen for the World of
Nations Celebration. For more
information, please call 630-3690.
Shrimp Festival
The Eight Flags Shrimp
Festival will be held in historic
downtown Fernandina Beach,
April 29, 30 & May 1, 2005, and
the Annual Shrimp Festival Pirate
Parade will be held Thursday, April
28, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. For more
information, visit

expires in 2007.

There must be universal early
childhood education with access to
quality preschool education that is
mandatory for every child beginning
at age three.
Over two years, raise the mini-
mum wage from $5.15 to $7.25 per
hour with future increases tied to an
Close the homeownership gap
by lowering down payment require-
ments and making mortgages avail-
able and affordable.
Increase business development
and access to free enterprise system.
Urge bi-partisan Congressional
effort to increase and expand fund-
ing for Community Development
Block Grant programs
Expand job training for urban
males and develop a comprehensive
re-entry program for ex-felons.
African-Americans, especially
the middle class should commit to
"civic tithing" for Black institutions
through financial support and volun-
African-Americans must renew
focus on savings, investing and re-
ducing consumer spending.
Congress should be urged to
support policies that increase access
to affordable and preventable health
care for African- American and
other communities of color.
"It's time for America to wake
up," says Morial. "The growing
wealth gap in this country is not just
leaving behind Black America, it's
leaving behind Middle-Class Amer-
ica and Urban America and Rural
America and Hispanic America, too.
When one community in America
suffers, our entire economy suffers,
too. And so, if W.E.B. DuBois once
identified the color line as the great
challenge of the 20th century, then
the economic line between Blacks
and whites, rich and poor, the haves,
have-nots, and have mores is the
great civil rights challenge of the
21st century."

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by Charles Griggs



After a brief period of reflection, it's time to get back on
the horse with an open mind,

"The hypocrite's crime is that he bears false wit-
ness against himself What makes it so plausible to
assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integri-
ty can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices
except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true,
confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only
the hypocrite is really rotten to the core."
~Hannah Arendt, On Revolution, 1963
As a writer it is sometimes make sense to step back
and reassess your thoughts, style and execution of the
body of work that has stacked up over the years.
I believe that people are forever evolving into a prod-
uct that unleashes legacies on our society to the advan-
tage, or disadvantage of those around them.
Who are we to deny that?
What's even more, who am I to do so?
I decided to take some time off from my weekly
opinion banter to reflect on some of the things that
make me who I am. Some of the things make shape my
thought process, opinions and views.
It is indeed a time for reevaluation.
To assume that one's mind is a continuous myopic
eye, viewing everything from the same prism is non-
sensical, and just plain silly.
I for one welcome the opportunity to be challenged
mentally. I want to know that my opinion can be
swayed by facts and common sense.
I feel free in being open minded to change and all
that goes with it.
I must admit that the events of the world have gotten
to me lately. While things have seemed out of whack, I
understand that the circumstances of recent history.
have been centuries in the making.
And while our effect on the universe can lead to pos-
itive outcomes, most often we don't opperrate as if
things will end up alright.
Even though a month has gone by since I've type my
last column, I am fully aware of the significant amount
of action that has taken place in the meantime.
My expanding narrowing window of expanding
opportunities has not left me blind to the hazards of
leaning to far over the edge.
In other words, I'm still me.
I still prefer to accept the arguments of the less for-
tunate. Those who, of no fault of their own, feel they
have no hope. Those who feel that they are a burden to
society because society treats them as such.
I side with them.
Those who haven't quite figured things out yet. Those
wh-fronce plaed on the right path blaze new trails.
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I had originally planned to spend my space pontifi-
cating about the way the government intervened in the
Terry Shiavo case.
Even though I have my deep routed opinions about
that entire situation, I'll save them for later.
For me, in this moment, it is more important that the
concept of fair play be explained.
Too often we are lead by the traditions of our past
experiences. For the life of me I can't understand why
we as a society don't pull for each other on an absolute
level of support for the good in people.
I guess over time I've found myself becoming a lit-
tle jaded to the goodwill of society.
I've been fighting hard against those demons. I want
to find the good in people. I want to believe that it is
there and real.
All of this us versus them, black versus white, repub-
lican versus democrat is just not very productive.
Yes, debate is healthy.
I enjoy a good exchange just like most people, but as
I mentioned earlier things have gotten out of hand.
People are seriously trying to hurt each other with their
positions and politics.
And that's not good.
I hope that more people will choose to do what I did.
Take a few steps back and evaluate what's going on.
Ask yourself if the politics you represent is giving
the benefit of the doubt to those who have lived differ-
ent experiences than you.
I must admit, I feel better.
I feel refreshed and as curious about life as ever
And out of that curiosity I hope to find more mean-
ing in the things that I do. More meaning in the things
that I accomplish. And more understanding of the
things that I don't agree with.
Next week I plan to be ready to tackle the issue
that I have grown accustomed to addressing.
I hope to be able to bring Free Press readers.the kind
of insight that they expect.
I hope to find in myself the strength to express my
views in a format that will not be judged with a closed
After all, that's what I'll be trying to bring to others.
An open mind.
An open heart.
A clear view from all sides.

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by Jacksonville City Councilman Reginald Fullwood

Conservative Black Preachers Playing Money Politics Not Morals
Politics in the pulpit is not any- would agree with the Rev. Jesse Harry Jackson Jr., the founder of
hing new. In fact, in the black com- Jackson's views. He recently stated High Impact Leadership Coalition.
unity, politics and preaching that in regard to gay marriages and He recently said, "Right now the
sometimes go hand and hand. Look abortion issues, "Well, they didn't Republicans are in power, so it
at the Civil Rights Movement, the make the top 10 with Moses, and would be wise to work with them."
black church not only played a criti- Jesus didn't make mention of Excuse me, Sir.
cal roll, but African American reli- them." I take offense to that statement
gious leaders became the driving Rev. Jackson was basically saying and so should other African Ameri-
'orce behind the movement, that those moral issues are impor- cans. At one point in this country,
Back then, black preachers were tant, but not important enough to certain states had power and be-
unified and rnay have used different loose focus on the chronic problems lived that slavery should exist in
actics (i.e. Martin and Malcolm), plaguing black communities this country. Should blacks have
but the goals were certainly the throughout the nation. simply worked with them? What
same. Today, the story has changed This battle or "tug of war" is basi- about Moses, I guess he should have
and the politics have gotten much cally being fought out amongst simply worked with the pharaoh,
nore convoluted and self-serving in Protestant preachers who have for since he was in power?
some cases and more divisive than the most part always been strong These may be extreme examples,
ever before, supporters of Democrats. But the but they are appropriate concerning
Neela Banerjee, a writer for the White House and Republican lead- the propaganda being used to justify
'New York Times," says, "A tug of ers have been reaching out to black working with Republicans.just be-
war is under way inside black ministers in the moral issues and cause they are in power. It seems as
churches over who speaks for Afri- social issues. The carrot that the though too many "conservative"
can-Americans and what role to Bush Administration can dangle is preachers have their purses in one'
play in politics, spurred by conser- their pocket book they have the hand and the bible in another.
vative black clergy members who money to fund many programs To be truthful, the black church
are looking to align themselves preachers feel are critical to their has always been conservative, that's
more with President Bush." communities. nothing new. African Americans
While some conservative preach- Most have heard about this new have always been a spiritual group
ers are focusing on gay marriage "faith-based" community economic of people; despite the way popular
and abortion issues, other more tra- development trend because it's been media portrays us. The only differ-
ditional church leaders, are more going on for quite some time now. ence today is that many preachers
concerned about poverty, education, Many black churches have fig- today have no problem accepting
affirmative action, civil rights and ured out that spiritual leadership is money from the government for
job creation. These issues have al- critical to the soul, but economic programs in turn for spreading
ways led black preachers to support development and education are criti- "socially conservative" political
the Democratic Party as opposed to cal to the community. ideologies.
the Republican Party. Banerjee's article goes on to I am not talking about legitimate
These issues are the problems that quote the Rev. Dr. William J. Shaw, pastors with community-based pro-
plague congregations, and continue who is the head of the National grams and initiatives, but I am talk-
to cause dismay in the African Baptist Convention. He states, "My ing about those who simply want to
American community. So it could position on same-sex marriage is work with folk "because they are in
be of no surprise to anyone that not that it is the sole determinant on power." It is hard to remove politics
most preachers who are in touch moral issues. Marriage is threatened from the pulpit and I don't necessar-
with their members focus more on more by adultery, and we don't have ily believe that should be removed,
social and economic barriers facing a constitutional ban on that. Alcohol but we all have to be mindful of
their church members. is a threat to the stability of family, preachers with political agendas.
It is probably safe to say that all and we don't have a constitutional There's a thin line between preach-
preachers realize that morality is- ban on that." ing and profiteering.
sues are critical they wouldn't be Amen, Pastor! Signing off from a church near

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April 7-13, 2005 .

Activist Seek Justice for

Shown above (1-r) standing on Moore's Ford Bridge between Oconee and Walton couni
hands and pray for justice for the four victims of a 1946 lynching and (right).Georgia
Brooks leads marchers down Locklin Road toward the Moore's Ford Bridge. In 1999 on tl
of the events at Moore's Ford, the State of Georgia erected a historic sign to remember the

ATLANTA Activists marched
Saturday near the site where four
black sharecroppers were killed in
1946, hoping publicity about the
lynchings would cause someone to
step forward with information so the
deaths could join the list of civil
rights-era cases being prosecuted.
A white mob pulled two men and
two women from a car near the
Moore's Ford bridge about 40 miles
east of Atlanta, dragged them down
a wagon trail and shot them. No one
has been convicted in the killings.
Organizers hoped Saturday's
march, which drew about 100 peo-
ple, would raise awareness about the
murders so the case would have a
better chance of proceeding to trial.
"The biggest problem with the
cases is the evidence is gone, and
most of the witnesses are dead," said
Morris Dees, co-founder of the

Southern Poverty Law Center.
"Nobody back then would come
forward and say anything against the
white power structure."
But the political climate in the
South has shifted and convictions on
civil rights cases are now possible,
said Dees, who represented the
widow of murdered Mississippi civil
rights activist Medgar Evers during
the trial of former Klan leader Sam
"Juries now are more persuaded
to find guilt with less proof, and I'm
speaking as a criminal defense law-
yer now," Dees said.
The Moore's Ford Memorial
Committee is petitioning prosecutor
Ken Wynne to seek indictments in
the case. A 2001 mandate by then-
Gov. Roy Barnes to reopen the case
has yielded no new information,
Wynne said.

"If there is
edge of what h
it, we would we
forward," he sai
nCnvictions i

MEMPHIS, Tenn. Over three
decades in the Tennessee Senate,
John Ford has lost paternity law-
suits, given a political job to a girl-
friend and been successfully sued
for sexual harassment.
So it was not entirely surprising
last year when the 62-year-old
lawmaker testified at a child-
support hearing that he has two
households -. one with a pregnant
ex-wife and their three children,.
another with a longtime girlfriend
and their two offspring. That is in
addition to another young child he
has with a third woman. But what
really caught the eye of fellow
lawmakers was the release of
Ford's tax returns at the hearing.
They showed he got more than
$230,000 from a consulting com-
pany with financial ties to
TennCare, the state's Medicaid'
program for the poor. Now .a Sen-
ate Ethics Committee and a federal
grand jury are looking into the mat-
ter, and the scandalous senator
from Memphis is facing perhaps
his most serious investigation yet.
Ford had not disclosed his work
as a consultant, and senators want
to know whether he tried to influ-
ence the awarding of state contracts
or had financial ties to TennCare.
The ethics committee's chairman,
Senate Republican Leader Ron
Ramsey, said Ford's business deal-
ings "don't pass the smell test."
Ford brother of former U.S.
Rep. Harold Ford Sr. and uncle of
current U.S. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. -
has said he has done nothing illegal
or unethical.

Tennessee Senate, John Ford
Ford's fax returns show that a
consulting company called Man-
aged Care Services Group paid him
$237,000 in 2002 and 2003. The
consulting company had been hired
by Doral Dental to promote its bid
to win a TennCare contract.
Doral was eventually awarded an
exclusive, $6.3 million contract to
provide dental coverage to about
620,000 poor and uninsured chil-
dren through the state's publicly
funded TennCare program.
Doral fired Managed Care Ser-
vices Group after Ford's involve-
.ment became public. Doral also
conducted an internal investigation,
and said it is still unclear what Ford
did, or was paid to do, for the com-
The ethics committee is also
looking at Ford's work for a Mil-
waukee heating and air condition-
ing company. Johnson Controls
said it paid Ford $15,000 in 2001 to
help promote its services to Er-
langer Hospital, a private facility

1946 Lynchings
firebombing death ofNAACP leader
Vernon Dahmer Sr. Two others
were indicted with Bowers, but one
died before trial and the other's in-
dictment was dismissed.
SThomas Blanton Jr. and Bobby
S .Cherry were convicted in 2001 and
.r 2002 in the Birmingham church
bombing, and in 2003 Earnest
Avants was convicted of killing 67-
year-old handyman Ben Chester
White, allegedly in an attempt to
lure the Rev. Martin Luther King to
Natchez, Miss.
: In January, 81-year-old Edgar Ray
Killen was charged with the 1964
murders of three civil rights workers
in Philadelphia, Miss.
ties, marchers, hold Other groups trying to capitalize
SState Rep. Tyrone on the change in political atmos-
he 53rd anniversary phere include the group Southern
lynchings. Truth and Reconciliation, which was
inspired by South African
anyone with knowl- Archbishop Desmond Tutu's brief
happened or who did stint as a religion professor at At-
elcome them coming lanta's Emory University,
d. "This is not necessarily about
n civil rights-era

murder cases began as early as
the 1970s. In 1977, ex-
Klansman Robert Chambliss
was convicted in the 1963
bombing of a Birmingham,
Ala., church in which four black
girls were killed.
But it was the 1994 convic-
tion of Byron de la Beckwith in
the 1963 murder of Medgar i.-
Evers that encouraged justice '
seekers, said attorney Andy Shel- prosecuting individuals and com-
don, who was involved with the pensating victims, but about the
Evers case and several others. restoration and repair of the fabric of
"You could feel the dam break society," said Thee Smith, director
with Beckwith," Sheldon said. of the Southern truth and Recon-
In 1998, former Klan leader Sam. ciliation and an associate religion
Bowers was convicted for the 1966 professor at Emory.

has easily won re-election from his
poor, inner-city district. Allegations
of fast spending with campaign

money and repeated public clashes
between an ex-wife and a girlfriend
have done little to hurt him with the

affiliated with the University of
Tennessee. That bid was unsuc-
Ford also arranged a meeting be-
tween Johnson Controls and mem-
bers of the Tennessee Board of
Regents about contracts for state
buildings. Ford said, he was not
paid for that, and Johnson Controls
did not win any contracts.
Tennessee senators, who have
the authority to remove one of their
own from office, have long drawn
criticism that their ethics and finan-
cial' disclosure rules are weak.
Now, because of Ford's troubles,
"people are taking the criticism
more seriously," said Sen. Jim
Kyle, a Memphis Democrat.
For one thing, the House passed
a bill that would make it a crime for
lawmakers to draw consulting fees
from companies doing business
with the state.
Ford began his public career in
the 1970s when he, brother Harold
and other members of their large
family began building what became
one of the strongest political or-
ganizations in Memphis history.
In 1974, Harold Ford beat a
white incumbent to become Ten-
nessee's first black congressman.
That same election sent John Ford
to the state Senate and brother
Emmett Ford to the Tennessee
Harold Ford kept his congres-
sional seat for 22 years, and when
he retired in 1996, he turned it over
to his son, who is now considering
a run for the Senate.
Despite his past scandals, Ford



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FAMU Team Nets 50K at HBCU

16th Campus All-Star Challenge

After months of studying and
three days of rigorous competition,
a team from Florida A&M Univer-
sity (FAMU) won the 16th Annual
Honda Campus All-Star Challenge
(HCASC), an academic competi-
tion among the best and brightest
students from the nation's Histori-
cally Black Colleges and Universi-
ties (HBCUs), held in Orlando, Fla.
FAMU demonstrated their col-
lective brainpower by quickly and
accurately answering questions on
world history, science, literature,
religion, the arts, social sciences,
popular culture and African Ameri-
can history and culture. More than
320 college students from 64
HBCUs across the country com-
peted in the three-day tournament.
During the program's 16-year his-
tory, FAMU has won six national
As the champions, FAMU re-
ceived a $50,000 grant while the
runner-up, Morehouse College,
took home a $25,000 grant. The
top four teams and all other teams
earned grants ranging from $3,000
to $50,000. Through the program,
more than $328,000 in institutional
grants are awarded annually to par-
ticipating schools.
Nearly 100 HBCU presidents,
educators, alumni and community
volunteers attended the event,

Next Pope Could Be Black

Continued from front
In addition to Arinze, another
long-shot chance to become pope is
Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier of Dur-
ban, South Africa.
Many news outlets have reported
incorrectly that if elected, Arinze or
Napier would become the first
Black pope. Actually, it would be
the fourth time a Black assumed the
throne at the Vatican. The three ear-
lier African popes, all of them now
saints, were: Pope Saint Victor 1
(183-203 A.D.), Pope Saint Gelasius
1 (492-496 A.D.) and Pope Saint
Miliades 1 (311-314 A.D.).
Some scholars are saying it is
Latin America's turn to have a pope.
Almost half of the world's Catholics
- 46 percent are in Latin America.
The most frequently mentioned
Latin American candidates are
Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga
of Honduras, Cardinal Claudio
Hummes, the archbishop of Sao
Paul, Brazil and Jaime Lucas Orteg
y Alamino of Cuba.
Pope John Paul II broke a 450-
year stranglehold on the office by
Italians. The pope is also known as
the bishop of Rome and Italians are
eager to reclaim the throne. How-
ever, with population and influence

shifting from Europe to Africa and
Latin America, they face an uphill
The pope will be selected by 117
Roman Catholic cardinals. In order
to vote, cardinals must by younger
than 80. Fifteen days after the
pope's death, the cardinals gather to
pick his successor.
Complicating matters for people
of color, the College of Cardinals
does not reflect church membership.
Of the world's 1.1 billion Catholics,
approximately 46 percent live in
Latin America, 26 percent in
Europe, 13 percent in Africa and 10
percent in Asia. Only 5 percent's of
the world's Catholics live in Italy
yet Italians comprise 35 percent of
the voting cardinals.
Although Latin America has al-
most half of the Catholic population,
it makes up less than 20 percent of
the College of Cardinals, the body
that will elect the next pope. The
election process begins with an oath
of secrecy. They discuss the candi-
dates and then write their preference
on a paper ballot. On the first day,
votes are taken once in the morning
and once in the afternoon. On fol-
lowing days, two votes are taken in
the morning and one in the after-

themed "Sharing the Vision," to
support the participating students.
During the three-day tournament,
64 HBCU teams of four students
compete in a modified round robin
format. The top two teams from
each of eight divisions advance to
the "Sweet 16," in a single-
elimination playoff. The final two
teams then compete for the Na-
tional Champion.title in a best two-
out of three- final series.
"Winning feels great,
really great," said Florida A & M
University team captain Marcus R.
Jackson. "It is the pay off for all of
our hard work. FAMU has such a
proud history and tradition. Our
2005 team stands on the shoulders
of giants."
The championship team
included captain Marcus R. Jack-
son, a political science senior from
Montgomery, Ala.; Donnie Ibn-
Malik-Ali McClendon, a history
and religion senior from St. Peters-
burg, Fla.; Michael Thomas Bart-
lett, an African American studies
and psychology senior from White
Springs, Fla.; Adam K. Jameson, a
chemical engineering and chemis-
try senior from Indianapolis, Ind.;
and alternate Shana Alexandra
Russell, a English junior from
Newport News, Va. Dr. Vivian L.
Hobbs coached the winning team.

ioon. Il'nl' one wins with a two-
thirds majority on the first 30 bal-
lots, then simple majority can elect
the next pope.
The cardinals, in selecting a new
leader for the church, will weigh
such factors as a candidate's age,
evidently in an effort to not have the
next pope serve 26 years as John
Paul II did. His tenure was double
the average term for popes in this
They must also consider the direc-
tion of the church. Practically all of
the cardinals were chosen by John
Paul II, regardless of who is se-
lected, they are not likely to veer
from the current pope's conservative
teachings on abortion, ordination of
women, euthanasia, birth control
and homosexuality.
Cardinal Arinze, the leading
Black candidate, is one of the hard-
line candidates.
In a 2003 commencement speech
at Georgetown University in Wash-
ington, D.C., Arinze said: "In many
parts of the world, the family is un-
der siege, opposed by an anti-life
mentality as seen in contraception,
abortion, infanticide and euthanasia.
It is scorned and banalized by por-
nography, desecrated by fornication
and adultery, mocked by homosexu-
ality, sabotaged by irregular unions.
and cut in two by divorce."

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Blakely Memorial
Spring Revival Set
For April 12-16th
The Blakely Memorial Church
of Christ Written In Heaven, 1430
Kings Road, Bishop Thomas
Brown, Pastor; will hold Spring
Revival Tuesday thru Saturday,
April 12-16, 2005. Services will
begin nightly at 7:30 p.m.
Evangelist Dorothy Yant of
Grenta, Florida will preside. You
are invited to come and lift up the
name of the Lord.
New Fountain
Chapel AME to
hold Men's Day
New Fountain Chapel A.M.E.
Church, 737 Jessie Street, Rev.
Louis Kirkland, Pastor; invites you
to come worship and celebrate
Men's Day on Sunday, April 10,
This annual celebration will
begin with Church School at 9
a.m., followed by Morning
Worship at 10:30 a.m. "100 Men
in Black" will be presented at 4
p.m. Bro. Napoleon Jackson Jr. is
chairman; Bo. Bruce Harmon is co-
Duval Co. Retired
Educators to Meet
The Duval County Retired
Education Association invites all
newly retired teachers to attend a
special meeting to help you
readjust your life. Our organization
offers a cultural and educational
home for you to stay on a serene
and healthy track of pride': hd
enjoyment of life.
The Social will begin at 9:30
a.m. and the regular meeting will
begin at 10 a.m. on Thursday, April
17. 2005, at the Singleton Center,
150 East First Street.

Patrick Robinson
A Gospel Concert, "Move On
Up A Little Higher" a tribute to the
Great Mahalia Jackson, featuring
Patrick Robinson, "The Soulful
One" will be presented by Baby-
boyy Productions at 5 p.m. on
Saturday, April 9, 2005, at the St.

Stage Aurora to
Present "Mahalia"
A Gospel Musical
Stage Aurora is bringing a great
Mother's Day Gift to Jacksonville:
"Mahalia" A Gospel Musical.
This powerful play, written by
Tom Stolzt, tells the life story of
the acclaimed Mahalia Jackson,
who was voted the "best gospel
singer" in the entire world. '- '
The play will be presented
Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April
29-May 1It; and May, 6-8th, in the
Ezekiel Bryant Auditorium at FCCJ
North Campus. For ticket informa-
tion, please call (904) 765-7373.

Nicholas Bethel Baptist Church,
2606 San Diego Road (across from
Douglas Anderson School of the
"Move On Up A Little Higher"
tells the story of the gospel music
pioneer ,who opened the door for
many gospel stars of yesterday and
today. Hear about her struggles,
triumphs, and the music and songs
that earned her the title of the
"Worlds Greatest Gospel Singer".
The Soulful One, Patrick Robin-
son, handles this material with
spiritual intensity, passion and
pride. The program will include
such favorites as, "He's Got The
Whole World In His Hands, Down
By The Riverside, Trouble of the
World, Precious Lord" and many
more. There is no charge.
Community Hosp
Service of Rememi
Families and friends who have
experienced the death of a loved
one are invited to join Community
Hospice of Northeast Florida for a
Candlelight Service of Remem-
brance, at noon on Thursday, April
21, 2005, at the St. Thomas
Missionary Baptist Church, 5863
Moncrief Road, where Rev. Ernie
Murray Sr. is Pastor.
These spiritually focused ser-
vices, led by Community Hospice
chaplains, allow family, friends,
colleagues, health care profess-
sionals, anyone who has experi-
enced a loss during the past year, to
celebrate the memory of their loved
ones .through liturgy, music and
"The highlight of the service is
when people light a candle for
someone they love who has died,"
jess McCrosky, spiritual care
manager said. "Everyone who

Dinner Theatre & Vision Baptist Church Sponsors 5K
Prayer Breakfasts Run to benefit Clara White Mission
Set for First AME Vision Baptist Church, will will proceed north on Lem Tu
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The Women's Ministry and The
Master's Mighty Men of First
AME Church of Palm Coast, 91
Old Kings Road, are each having a
Prayer Breakfast, at 9 a.m. on
Saturday, April 16, 2005, at the
Church. Everyone is invited.
The FAME Inspirational Choir
will present a dinner theatre
presentation of "The Death of a
Church" is set for 5 p.m. on
Saturday, April 23rd, at the
Riverview Club, 790 Cristine Dr.,
St. Augustine Shores.
For reservations and more
information about both events, call
(386) 437-5142 or (386) 446-5759.

ice Candlelight
brance April 21st
attends is given the opportunity to
light a candle and remember a
loved one." Each service lasts
about 45 minutes and is followed
by a reception.
For more information. Please
call (904) 596-6183.

Your Life Experiences
Are Important!
Are you getting married? Engag-
ed? Did you receive or are you
going to receive an award? Did
you go on a fantastic vacation?
Have a Family Reunion?
Planning one? News Deadline is 5
p.m. on Monday. News may,, e
brought to the office at 903 West
Edgewood Ave. or faxed to (904)
765-3803 or email to: JFreePress

sponsor mte inaugural :vision 3K
Run to benefit the Clara White
Mission on Saturday, April 9, 2005.
The Vision 5K Run is estimated
to be a total of 3.1 miles. Starting
at 9 a.m. at the corner of Lem
Turner Road and Grant Street
(8973 Lem Turner Road), the run

Hope Inc. PI


to appearr ioau anu inilsn oack at
the starting point.
Registration will begin at 8 a.m.
Participants must be 18 years and
older. For more information,
please. call (904) 705-5965, 762-
0899 or 234-6927.

resents Teen

Workshop for Boys & Girls 13-18

The "Distinguished Gentlemen
& Elite Ladies of HOPE" combin-
ed workshop for girls and boys,'
ages 13-18; is designed to motivate
and inform teens about issues that
are relevant to their young lives
such as: education, health aware-
ness, finance, juvenile justice and
The Workshop Presenters are a
Team of Professionals and Experts,
and parents desiring to attend the
workshops are invited. The Work-
shop Topics include: Planning for
future academic empowerment;
Early and healthy living practices;
How money works; What to know
about the criminal justice system;
and Understanding diversity.
The workshops will be present-
ed from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on

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print Community, Church and
Social News, Coming Events etc. at
no cost. NEWS DEADLINE is on
Monday at 5 p.m. There is a small
charge for all pho'tooapihs i thout
exc=8tion. News' iay e brouigliht'to
the office at 903 West Edgewood
Ave. or faxed to (904) 765-3803
email: Jfreepress~AOL.com.

Saturday, April 9th at the Hope
Plaza, 435 Clark Road, 6h Floor.
Parents must call (904) 766-7862
to register their teens. Parental
consent to attend work-shops is
necessary. Teens cannot register

AARP Speaker

Is Available to

Address Social

Security Issues
As part of its initiative to
educate Floridians about proposed
changes to Social Security, AARP
Florida has trained a group of
volunteer speakers to give presen-
tations about "Social Security:
Proposal for Change."
Mrs.. Yvette Ridley has been
selected to speak to the community
about AARP's positions on potent-
ial changes to the Social Security
system. The presentation explains
"How Social Security Works, its
long-term 'problems of solvency,
'and AARP's positions on proposals
to strengthen SS and the proposal
to introduce private accounts. Call
1 (866) 595-7678 to schedule.

Bethel Baptist Institutional Church
215 Bethel Baptist Street, Jacksonville, FL 32202 (904) 354-1464

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Sr.
Senior Pastor

Weekly Services

Sunday Morning Worship 7:40 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.
Church School 9:30 a.m.
1st Sunday Holy Communion 4:50p.m.
3rd Sunday The Preached Word from the Sons and Daughters
of Bethel 3:30p.m.
Wednesday Noon Service "Miracle at Midday" 12 noon 1 p.m.
Wednesday 5:00p.m. Dinner and Bible Study at 6:30p.m.

Pastor Rudolph
McKissick, Jr.
Senior Pastor

R ,adio Ministry-
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AM 1400
Thursday 7:00 8:00 p.m.
2TVMinistry -
WTLV Channel 12
Sunday 6:30 a.m.

St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church

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5863 Moncrief Road Jacksonville, FL 32209 (904) 768-8800 Phone (904) 768-3800 Fax
"The Church That Reaches Up To -God And Out To Man"


Pastor Ernie L. Murray, Sr.

Tuesday 7:30 p.m. (Prayer Meeting and Bible Study)
Wednesday 12:00 noon (Noon Day Worship)
Thursday 7:30 p.m. (Bible Study)
St. Thomas Bible 4:00 p.m. Training Ministry (4th Sunday)

Early Morning Worship 8:00 a.m.
Sunday School 9:15 a.m.
Morning Worship 10:45 a.m.
The Lord's Supper 3:45 p.m. (First Sunday)


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1880 Wese Edgewood Avenxue Jacksonville, Floxrida 32208

"Seeking the lost for Christ" Matthew 28: 19-20
8:00 a.m.-Early Morning Worship 9:30 a.m. Sunday School 11:00 a.m.-Morning Worship
Tuesday Evening 7 p.m.-Prayer Service Wednesday 6:30-7 p.m. Bible Study
TUESDAY & THURSDAY 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
v1sit our web site at www.gmbc.net / E-mail GreaterMac@aol.com

Mahalia Jackson Tribute Concert to be
Presented at St. Nicholas Bethel Baptist

Evangel Temple Assembly of God

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Sunday, April 10th
8:25 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 6:00 p.m.
These are the Days of a Mighty Move of God
Have Faith to be Healed
SHave Faith to go to the Next Level

Pastors Cecil and Garry Wiggins
5755 Ramona Blvd.
Jacksonville, FL 32205

Website: www.evangeltempleag.org
Email: evangeljax@comcast.net

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"I have been rejected and hated
without a cause" Louis Farrakhan
memorable, if not historic event.
Muslim Minister Louis Farrakhan -
an admired figure with the masses
of African Americans but often per-
ceived as a divisive ogre who is
routinely shunned by whites and
black leaders was lovingly em-
braced by the Georgia Association
of Black Elected Officials
(GABEO) during a rousing Friday
speech hosted by the Atlanta Life
Financial Group, the first of his four
consecutive Atlanta appearances..
The Nation of Islam leader la-
beled the famous Atlanta Life build-
ing a "sacred place" and a disturbing
reminder of the strength and success
of the black business community
during segregation.
"It is one of the few remaining
landmarks of what black people
accomplished under segregation, but
lost a lot during so-called integra-
tion," Farrakhan told an estimated
200 African American politicians
and invited guests. He said that
owners of black insurance compa-
nies, bus companies, motels, restau-
rants "would turn over in their
graves to know that everything that
we built to serve our own needs is
now gone." Farrakhan laments that
other races are allowed to profit
from the black community "without
'putting anything'back.'This is sad."
While the magnetic Farrakhan has

always had a
high profile and
been held in high
regard by work-
ing class and low .
income blacks,
his reputation has
often been sullied
by being labeled
as a hate-monger
and anti-Semite ,
because "they are
scared to death of
a black man who
will not compro-
mise" his values
and virtue, he f
said. The Muslim
leader has been
considered so
controversial that
he has been banned from speaking
on black college campuses. This
past weekend was the first time he
has been allowed to speak at an At-
lanta University school since 1980,
for example.
"I am not a bad person. I have
done nothing but good for black
people for 50 years of my life," he
said to a standing ovation. "They
know what I have in my mouth and
what I have in my heart will free our
people. They don't want you listen-
ing to me."
GABEO president Atlanta state
Rep. Tyrone Brooks believes black
America is now truly listening and
responding to Farrakhan's message.
"All of these Christian ministers
who fought him 10 years ago are
now supporting him. Those who did
not understand the call of the Mil-
lion Man March are now on board,"
he said. "That is just profound."
Unlike many other black business
leaders in the past, Atlanta Life
president and CEO Ron Brown says
he has no qualms about a backlash
for supporting Farrakhan and allow-
ing him a forum. "He's bringing a
message that if anyone is against
that message, I don't need to be
dealing with them anyway."
Farrakhan prophesized that as a
people "we are programmed for
extinction" and that the masses of
blacks are on a "death march into
the oven of social deterioration,
broken homes, broken marriages,
broken minds, broken spirit evolv-
ing from a string of broken promises
by government and leadership.".
That's why the spiritual savant

12 Kids Who Care Celebrates Its 13th Year

JACKSONVILLE Twelve distinguished high school
students will be honored as Outstanding Student
Volunteers by First Coast News' Annual 12 KIDS Who
CARE program. The 12 KIDS WHO CARE program,
now in its 13th year, recognizes and salutes young
people who at an early age have learned the value of
giving back to their communities. First Coast News,
together with sponsor partner Publix Super Markets,
will be honoring these extraordinary teens who were
nominated from communities in and around the First
THEIR SCHOOLS are: Katelyn M. Baird, Palatka
High School; Stephanie Donelan, Stanton College
Preparatory; Joseph Gaskin, Robert E. Lee H.S.:
Jennifer Goetz, Mandarin H.S.; Davis Greene, Stan-
ton College Preparatory; Matthew R. Hernandez,
D.U. Fletcher Sr. H. S.; Frankie Nicole Porter,
Camden Co. H.S.; Cole Slate, Bartram Trail H. S. ;

campaigned passionately in Atlanta
and is crisscrossing the country to
garner widespread support for spear-
heading a return to our nation's
capital on October 16 for the 10th
Anniversary Commemoration of the
Million Man March a remarkably
successful congregation of some
two million black men that capti-
vated Black America and shocked
the world because it was such a
peaceful, positive, powerful and
productive protest and one pessi-
mists said could never be. done.
Farrakhan says this time; this
"mobilization" which has already
reportedly been endorsed by the
NAACP and the African Methodist
Episcopalian Church (AME) will
by necessity focus on men and
"The enemy has socially engi-
neered a change in the natural rela-
tionship that God structured for men
and women," he preached. "Women
today don't really need men."
The wife, in effect, has become
the man of the house, he lamented.
"They have to work to maintain
their children and also the men that
are in their lives. That's really a
change a man at home watching
(soap operas) 'As The World
Turns', changing diapers waiting for
his working wife to come home.
What we have to do is turn this
around so that as men we can find
our place in life, and women their
place (so that) we complement each
other rather than become antago-
.- s -,ir '- ^t '. ;

Erin Thompson, Ridgeview H.S.; Brandi Nichole
Traxler, Interlachen H.S.; Jennifer Whitelock,
Episcopal H.S.; and Loren Zachary, Bishop Kenny
High School.
The 12 KIDS WHO CARE program looks beyond
grades, seeking young people who willingly spend
their free time volunteering. These aie kids who truly
go above and beyond, well exceeding the minimum
number of volunteer hours set by some schools. 12
KIDS WHO CARE award recipients have made the joy
of helping others a way of life.
Winners and their families will be honored at a
special reception on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 at the
First Coast News Studios. The station invites viewers to
tune in for a special look at these extraordinary high
school students when the 12 KIDS WHO CARE
television special airs on WTLV-TV 12 at 7:30 p.m. on
Saturday, June 18, 2005.

Masons to hold RESERVE THE DATE

Memorial Service DaVid H. Dwight Sr. Memorial
,t 2nd isnarv Cuimlillee Announces Annual Banquet

Baptist April 17th
Baptist April 17th

Dr. Michael R. Moore 330,
Grand Master

Dr. Michael R. Moore, 33rd
degree, Grand Master; will convene
the 135th Annual Grand Commun-
ication of The MWUGL, F&AM,
PHA Florida and Belize, Central
America Jurisdiction Inc. Friday,
April 15th Sunday, April 17,
2005. The State Banquet at 7 p.m.
and a Comedy Show at 8:30 p.m.
will be held at the Adam's Mark
Hotel, Saturday, April 16th.
The Annual Memorial Service
will be held at 7 p.m. on Sunday,
April 17th at the Second Missionary
Baptist Church, 954 Kings Road,
where Rev. Dr. Odell Smith Jr., is
Pastor. Processional and seating
will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The David H. Dwight Sr.
Memorial Committee for Scouting
continues the work of Mr. Dwight
by providing supplement funding to
expand the availability of Scouting,
by providing the opportunity, skills
and adventure that will have a
positive and lasting effect on youth
as they grow into manhood.
Established in 1984, the David
H. Dwight Sr. Memorial Commit-
tee is committed to expanding the
Scouting program in our communi-
ties, and seeks to provide a
scouting opportunity to all young
people as a milestone in the
deterrence to violence and drugs.
Funds with which they accom-
plish this goal are raised through
sponsoring the annual David H.
Dwight Sr. Memorial Banquet.
The banquet will be held at 7:30
p.m. on Friday, June 5, 2005 in the
Grand Ballroom at the Prime
Osborn Convention Center. Set this
date aside now to assure your space
at this worthy affair.
The David H. Dwight Sr.
Memorial Banquet also honors
members of the community who
have made significant contributions
to the Scouting program. The 2005
honorees are: Mrs. Beverly Brown,
Mr. Freddie Brown and Mr. Joseph

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Proceeds from the Memorial
Banquet are used to provide
leadership training, summer camp-
erships, and registration for needy
David H. Dwight Sr. (1882-
1959), was a pioneer for the
development and organization of
Scouting among Blacks in Jack-
sonville. In 1936, he became the
first Black person to receive
Scouting's highest council award,
the Silver Beaver Award.
Individual tickets, as well as,
tables of ten are available to clubs,
fraternities, sororities, churches,
corporations, and other groups. For
reservations and ticket information,
please call the North Florida
Council, Boy Scouts of America, at
(904) 388-0591; or you may obtain
tickets from the BSA Council at
1521 S. Edgewood Avenue, 32205.
Alphabet Affair
Everyone is invited to attend the
First Annual Alphabet Affair on
Friday, June 3, 2005. Join Learn to
Read as they travel through the
letters of the alphabet celebrating
literacy. This will be the first of
many Friday events. Beginning
with the letter "A", affairs will be
started with an Aloha Luau. For
more information, please call 399-
8894. et 12.
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L O V E.
T H E A N T I D R U G.

"Churches across the nation

are singing the praises

of Body & Soul."
Vickie Winans, gospelartist and national Body & Soul spokesperson

"Body & Soul is a program designed for African American churches
to embrace and celebrate good health through healthy eating.
As stewards, we have a duty to encourage the people we
love to eat a healthy diet that can help reduce the risk
of high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke
and many types of cancer.
Many churches have successfully used Body & Soul
to inspire members to nourish their bodies as well as
their souls. And what better place to start than in
the church, where so many changes begin."


To request a copy of the Body & Soul program guide
for your church, call 1-800-4?2-6537.

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Office of National Drug Control Policy
Partnership for a Drug-Free Florida and America
For information or assistance, contact:
River Region Human Services Partnership for a Drug-Free Florida Join Together Jacksonville
904-359-6562 305-860-0617 904-356-6900

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April 7-13, 2005

ADA to hold Third Annual Diabetes
Exposed Program, Saturday April 16
The American Diabetes Asso- services, exciting lectures, product
ciation will hold its Third Annual and food samples, and activities for
Diabetes Exposed program from 9 children and more. Medical
a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April professionals will also be available
16, 2005. at the Bethelite Confer- to answer questions.
ence Center, 5865 Arlington To date, more than 18 million
Expressway (at University Blvd.). Americans, including at least 80,00
The objective of the Diabetes in the Jacksonville area, have
Exposed program is to educate diabetes. Currently, the American
participants on how to live a better Diabetes Association offers many
life with diabetes, with the most programs and special event
current information on diabetes fundraisers in the North Florida
diagnosis, prevention, intervention area. To learn more about Diabetes
and treatment. It is a one day trade Exposed or the American Diabetes
show or conference for people with Association, please call the ADA at.
diabetes and their caregivers. The (904) 730-7200, ext. 3064.
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eveInt Will provil~ coUUnll g Ia
exercise demonstrations, free health
screenings, exhibits and vendors
featuring the latest products and

2,000 To Walk In

Jacksonville for

Juvenile Diabetes
The Juvenile Diabetes Re-
search Foundation (JDRF), the
world's leading charitable support-
er of research for type 1 diabetes
and its complications, will host the
North Florida 5K JDRF Walk To
Cure Diabetes, Saturday, April
9th; an event that will, draw 2,000
participants and raise $400,000 this
year in pledges from walkers'
families and friends.
Hispanics and African Ameri-
cans are about 2 times more likely
to have diagnosed diabetes than
Whites. Diabetes is a chronic and
deadly disease: affecting every
organ system of its victims.
Diabetes kills one American every
three minutes.
Walk for this worthy cause that
could affect you or your family or
friends. Check-in at 9 a.m. to walk
at 10 a.m. at the Freedom Com-
merce Center, 1-95 & Baymeadows
Road. For more information, please
call (904) 739-2101 or 905-5315.
Power Wheelchairs

Available to Seniors
Wishes on Wheels makes
Electric Wheelchairs available to
non-ambulatory Senior Citizens, 65
years old & up, usually at no out-of
pocket expense, if they qualify.
The electric wheelchairs are
provided to those who cannot walk
and can not self-propel a manuel
wheelchair. This service may also
be available to permanently
disabled persons of any age.
For more information, please
call 1 (800) 823-5220, or visit the
website www.threewishes2.com

Mental Health & The

Black Community

Conference at EWC
JACKSONVILE The 23rd Annual
Mental Health and The Black
Community Conference will be
held Thursday Saturday, May 5, 6
& 7, 2005 on the Campus of
Historical Edward Waters College,
1658 Kings Road, Jacksonville.
Sponsored by the Northwest
Behavioral Health Services Inc. in
collaboration with The Community
Partnership for the Protection of
Children and the Association of
Black Psychologists, the confer-
ence is entitled, "Rekindling the
Love that Works, In the Family, In
the School, In the Church, and On
the Job."
This 23rd Annual Conference is
dedicated to the memory of Felita
Patrice Rollins.
Conference sessions on May 5th
will celebrate Elders, Children and
Family, 6 p.m. 9 p.m. A Prayer
Breakfast at 8 a.m. will kick off
Friday, May 6th, with Forums and a
Job Fair scheduled through 9 p.m.
A Youth Rally will highlight
Saturday's session which also will
feature an FCAT Seminar, and a
Parents Symposium, 9 a.m. 4 p.m.
Meals will be served each day.
For more information please call
the NBHS at (904) 781-7797.

Children's Chorus
Spring Concert
SThe Jacksonville Children's
Chorus will present their Annual
Spring Concert with the theme "A
River Runs Through It"'on Sunday,
May 1, 2005 at 4:00 p.m. The
benefit will be held at the Times
Union Center for the Performing
Arts. Dinner will immediately
follow the concert. For more
information and/or tickets, please
call 384-6001.

Do you know an

Unsung Hero?

Someone who is constantly doing for others and putting
someone else's needs before their own, a friend that
goes beyond the norm? A tireless volunteer? Nominate
he or she for the Unsung Hero spotlight and they could
win a profile in the Jacksonville Free Press and a $50
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Pediatric Neurosurgeon Ben Carson to

Receive Simon
NEW YORK The William E.
Simon Foundation will honor Ben
Carson, M.D., a world-renowned
pediatric neurosurgeon, as the fifth
annual recipient of its Prize in
Philanthropic Leadership at an
awards luncheon on Friday, April
22, 2005, at the Princeton Club in
New York City.
Dr. Carson is famous for his
skill in successfully separating
Siamese twins and for his contri-
butions to the -development of
numerous medical technologies.
The William E Simon Prize in
Philanthropic Leadership carries
with a $250,000 grant to the charity
of Dr. Carson's choice.
Dr. Carson is being honored, not
only for his philanthropy, but also
for his ability to help people over-
come difficult circumstances and
limitations, ranging from motive-
tional to physical challenges.
The primary focus of Dr. Car-
son's charitable work has been the
Carson Scholars Fund, established
with his wife Candy, which encou-,
rages high achievement in science,
math and technology, and is meant
to serve as the counterweight to the
American emphasis on self-esteem
through sports and entertainment.
Every year, the Fund awards
$1,000 scholarships to students of
all backgrounds, in grades four
through 12, with 3.75 grade point
averages or higher, and a strong
commitment to public service. To
date, more than 1,200 children hae
been named Carson Scholars.
In addition to providing scho-
larships, the Carson Scholars Fund
encourages reading and academic
achievement through the installa-
tion of "Reading Rooms" in parti-
cipating schools. The Reading
Room Program provides cheerful,
comfortable reading spaces for
students. Through community pro-
grams, a website, and by distri-
buting bookmarks and coloring
sheets, Dr. Carson and the Carson.
Scholars staff have been able to
impart a philosophy of striving for
excellence to thousands of children
and adults. The embodiment of Dr.
Carson's spirit and philosophy has
inspired 'the 'esabli'shriefit of
numerous programs and schools all

Philanthropic Prize April 22"
.....ing a physician while growing up in
an impoverished, single-parent
-home with poor grades, a horrible
temper, and low self-confidence
which seemed to preclude the
realization of that dream until his
mother, with only a third grade
education, challenged her son to
strive for excellence.

Dr. Ben Carson
over the country, which bear his
Dr. Carson has also co-founded
Angels of the OR (formerly the
Benevolent Endowment Network
Fund), which provides grants to
patients with little or no health care
insurance who are in need of spe-
cialized medical care, particularly
children in need of neurosurgery.
Dr. Carson is the Director of
Pediatric Neurosurgery at John
Hopkins, and is also a professor of
neurosurgery, oncology, plastic
surgery and pediatrics. He is the
recipient of numerous honors and
awards, more than 35 honorary
doctorate degrees, and sits on the
board of directors of many presti-
gious organizations. He has autho-
red three books, Gifted Hands,
THINK BIG, and The Big Picture.
Benjamin S. Carson Sr., M.D.,
had a childhood dream of becom-

Ben and his mother
Sonya Carson

Within a year he was at the top
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the Siemens Foundation, aimed at
encouraging minority students to
pursue teaching careers in math and
science, was officially announced.
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of, Education. "The Siemens
Foundation scholarship money will
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classrooms. The collaboration of
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students accepted to any one of the
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Slam winner, has been featured on
Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam.
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100 Black Men to Convene in New Orleans

Albert E. Dotson
Jr., Esq., Chairman of
the Board, and mem-
bers of the Executive
Committee and Na-
tional Board of Di-
rectors of the 100
Dotson Black Men of Amer-
ica Inc., have announced the confir-
mation of Bishop Eddie L. Long,
Senior Pastor of the New Birth Mis-
sionary Baptist Church; Rick Wag-
oner, Chairman and Chief Executive
Officer of General Motors; Tameka
J. Wilson, Miss National Black Col-
lege Alumni (NBCA) Hall of Fame;
Mrs. Xernona Clayton, founder of
Turner Broadcasting Systems'
Trumpet Awards; and A. J.
Calloway, co-host of BET's "106th
& Park", as a few of the dignitaries
planning to attend the 19th Annual
Conference of 100 Black Men of
America Inc., June 8 12, 2005 in
New Orleans.
"We are honored to announce
our first confirmed participants for
our 19 h Conference," Dotson stated.
Bishop Eddie L. Long is God's
visionary for the New Birth Mis-
sionary Baptist Church. Serving as
pastor since1987, his consistent
obedience to God has resulted in the
growth of the membership from 300
in 1987 to 25,000 and counting.

Bishop Eddie Long
During these years, Bishop Long's
uncompromising and bold teaching
of God's word h as changed the
lives of people both at New Birth
and around the world.
Rick Wagoner has served as
Chairman and Chief Executive Offi-
cer of General Motors since his
unanimous selection May 1, 2003.
He is the perfect leader for General
Motors. His global experience, com-
mitment to product and technology
leadership, proven track record of
continuously improving all aspects
of the company's operations, and

Nernona Clayton
leadership style, with an emphasis
on strong people and teamwork, are
the right attributes that have enabled
him to serve effectively.
Tameka J. Wilson was crowned
the 19th Miss National Black Col-
lege Alumni (NBCA) Hall of Fame
at the 2004 Competition of Black
College Queens in Atlanta, Georgia.
Ms. Wilson, also Miss Bowie State
University and a senior media man-
agement communication major from
Savannah, Georgia, competed
against 37 other campus queens.
Xernona Clayton is founder of

the Trumpet Awards, seen in many
countries worldwide, the Trumpet
Awards salutes the outstanding
achievements of individuals who
have distinguished themselves in the
fields of politics, medicine, law,
business, sports and entertainment.
Mrs. Clayton is a pioneering jour-
nalist and television personality. Her
impact dates back to the Civil
Rights Movement when she worked
closely with the Rev. Martin Luther
King Jr.
J. Calloway co-hosts of the popu-
lar BET's "106 & Park", which fea-
tures celebrity guests and more. He
and his co-host have earned the net-
work outstanding ratings.
Founded in New York City in
1963, 100 Black Men of America
Inc., began with 9 chapters as a na-
tional alliance of leading African
American men of business, industry,
public affairs and government.
Today, under the direction of Albert
E. Dotson Jr., the organization has
103 chapters, in the United States,
England and the Caribbean. With a
mission to improve the quality of
life and enhance educational oppor-
tunities for African Americans,
members serve to overcoming the
cultural and financial obstacles that
have limited the achievements of
African American youth.

Volunteer and Lend

Sa Helping Hand
S Take a Swing at Cancer Golf Gala event hosted by the
American Cancer Society. April 11. Many opportunities
are available. Noon lunch and shotgun start at 1:00 p.m.
Silent auction and cocktail reception 5:30. Casual awards
dinner/dance 7 11 pm. Ponte Vedra Inn & Club. Minimum age: 18.
Contact: Christine Hoffman 249-0022.
Earth Day at the Jacksonville Landing, April 16. The Jacksonville
Landing will host organizations that provide environmental information
on topics ranging from recycling and conservation to manatees and
other animals. Assist with children's craft activities, ecology fair, greet-
ing and helping out with the many booths. Minimum age 16, unless
accompanied by an adult. This is a family friendly project. Contact:
Julio Lacayo, City of Jacksonville Office of Volunteer Services 630-
Annual World of Nations Celebration. Journey with us from April
28- May 1 as we celebrate the rich cultural traditions and unique heri-
tage of people from around the world! Experience the cuisine, artistry
and customs from lands near and far. Assist in USA pavilion, stamp
passports, volunteer check-in, runners, staging, etc. Minimum age 16,
unless accompanied by an adult. Contact: Julio Lacayo, City of Jackson-
ville Office of Volunteer Services 630-1020x5 For the African Village
contact Martha Davis, President of the African Village Club, 703-3536.
March of Dimes First Coast Walk America. On April 30th come
out and support the March of Dimes in "Saving Babies Together" by
assisting with walker registration, decorating, route set-up/clean-up,
food service, accounting and more. You can also put together a team of
your friends or coworkers and come out and walk. Minimum age: 16.
Contact: Judy Larson, 398-2821, fl328()marchofdimes.com
Jacksonville Jazz Festival. Enjoy this musical event while assisting
with various festival activities. Shifts available. April 8-10. Minimum
age 16, unless accompanied by an adult. A family friendly project. Con-
tact: Julio Lacayo, City of Jacksonville Office of Volunteer Services

It's Never Too Late to Go Back to School Mavor Names Growth Management Task Force

By Stephanie Wright
You're 30 or older and you want
to go back to school. Though you
may feel intimidated by the thought
of sitting in class with a bunch of
19-year-olds, your decision to pur-
sue a higher degree could be a turn-
ing point in your life. It could im-
prove not only your own future, but
that of your children as well. Over
the years that I have taught college
courses, some of my best students
have been non-traditional students
who return to
school after years
away from the
classroom. Al-
though it may just
be a fleeting idea
in the back of your
mind, it is possible
for you tq=turla,that .., I.
thought into a full-
fledged reality.
Many non-
traditional students
have a number of
that a traditional
college-aged stu-
dent may not have.
For instance, you
may have child-
care worries, a full-time job, or ag-
ing parents whose caretaking re-
sponsibilities fall upon you. This
does not mean that returning to
school is impossible, but it does
mean that you need to be more stra-
tegic in choosing a school and a
program. Ask yourself some tough
questions and be honest about the
answers: Do you need to attend a
two-year or a four-year institution?
Is it realistic for you to attend a col-
lege in a location that will increase
your commuting time by an hour (or
more during traffic)? Can you
move? Do you have a support sys-
tem in place that can pick up some
of the responsibilities that your time
in school may create? Again, the
questions are not meant to frighten
you, but to help you construct a plan
'that will work for you. Instead of
having to drop out after the first
semester, develop a plan that will
enable you to stay the course to the

finish line -- graduation.
Many returning students know
exactly what they want to study. For
example, those working toward
teacher certification have often
worked in schools in other capaci-
ties. Their desire to move from one
position to another within a field
often leads them back to college.
Some employers may even pay a
part of the cost for you to get a de-
gree. If this is you, begin looking for
the programs in your area that have

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good reputations in your field. You
might be surprised to find that some
public regional colleges have highly
respected programs in particular
fields of study. If moving is not an
option for you, evaluate all of the
schools within an hour to two hours
from you to see if any of them meet
your needs.
Another important issue for most
returning students is scheduling.
Since non-traditional students typi-
cally live off campus and have mul-
tiple responsibilities outside of
school, it's wise to see if the institu-
tion you are considering accommo-
dates these types of students. Does it
offer evening classes that you will
be able to attend after work? Are
weekend courses available? What
percentage of students live off cam-
pus and how many are considered
non-traditional? This is important
because if the college has very few
students like you, faculty will be

unaccustomed to dealing with stu-
dents who must be absent because
their child is sick. On the other
hand, if non-traditional students
make up a significant percentage of
the school's enrollment, the institu-
tion probably views you as an im-
portant part of their student base.
Schools that recognize the signifi-
cance of non-traditional students act
accordingly by offering a number of
courses at times that are convenient
for working students.
If your plan is to

return to school full
time, plan a budget
beforehand. Can you
Survive on student
\ loans and a part-time
Sob' Keep in mind
Ithat students. ar
sometimes several
% weeks into the se-
Smester before their
.i, loan check arrives,
so budget this in as
well. Set up a sav-
ings plan the year
before you return to
school so that you
have money put
aside for emergen-
cies that may arise after you've left
your full-time job. You should also
use the planning period to research
scholarships offered by various col-
leges and organizations. Some
scholarships are specifically ear-
marked for returning students.
Finally, once you return to ,the
classroom, put yourself on a sched-
ule that will enable you to stay on
top of your schoolwork. Let your
instructors know in advance if you
have children or work-related issues
that may arise during the semester.
Many of them will work with you if
they sense that school is a top prior-
ity for you. On the other hand, be
realistic with yourself. Don't sign up
for an 8AM class if you can't drop
your children off at school before
Remember, you are never too old
to learn something new and improve
your life.

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Mayor John Peyton hasannounced
the formation of a community-based
growth management task force. The
panel will be charged with review-
ing and updating Jacksonville's cur-
rent growth management strategy
and recommending future actions
aimed at preserving and enhancing
quality of life in the city.
The work of the task force will
build upon a 1997 citizens' study
that reviewed land use policies and
procedures and recommended best
practices, many of which were im-
plemented. The task force will ex-
amine those policies to ensure they
are being executed effectively, as
well as taking into consideration
possible impending action by the
governor and state legislature.
Members will convene'for the 'first
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time in late April or early May, and
it is anticipated that their work will
take up to a year to complete.
In addition to conducting an over-
all evaluation of current growth
management policies and proce-
dures, the mayor has requested that
the group: 1) determine how much
growth Jacksonville can reasonably
expect over the next 20 years; 2)
identify how the city should prepare
for this growth, including priority
areas such as infill and downtown;
3) assess the adequacy of current
funding sources to provide needed
infrastructure; and 4) identify ways
to encourage greater regional coop-
"I am delighted that such a distin-
guished group of individuals is will-
ing t6 >ork on this isfd6" said Pey-
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ton, "and I look forward to their
recommendations. I'm especially
glad that Bob Rhodes has agreed to
chair the task force. He brings enor-
mous value to the table because of
his knowledge and experience in
this regard."
Among the minority representa-
tives on the Task Force are Michael
Blaylock, Executive Director/CEO,
Jacksonville Transportation Author-
ity, Barbara Darby, President, North
Campus, Florida Community Col-
lege at Jacksonville, Tony Jenkins,
Vice President, Blue Cross Blue
Shield of Florida Hon. Mia Jones,
Jacksonville City Council, and
Cleve Warren, CEO and President,
Jacksonville Economic Develop-
ment Company
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Art & Soul
The Women's Center of
Jacksonville will present Art &
Soul Surviving to Thriving, an
artistic look at survival. The event
featuring speakers and music will
be held on Thursday, April 7, 2005
from 5:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. The
Center is located at 5644 Colcord
Ave. For more information, please
call Ellen McAnany at 722-3000
ext. 205.
Jazz Festival
The City in Jacksonville will
present the 2005 Jacksonville Jazz
Festival April 7-10, 2005 at a
variety of venues. This year's
festival will include an exciting
lineup including' the Great
American Jazz Piano Competition
Jazz Attack. Spyro Gyra, Teddy
Washington, David Sanborn, Noel
Friedline Quintet. Lalah Hathaway,
Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Al
Jarreau, St.inly Clark and George
Duke among others at a variety of
venues. For more information,
please call the Office of Special
Events at 630-3690.
FCCJ Spring
Dance Concert
The Florida Community
College Department of Dance will
present their 2005 Spring Dance
Concert on April 8 and 9, 2005 at
the Florida Community College
South Campus, 11901 Beach Blvd.
in the Wilson Center. This evening
of dance showcases guest artist,
Brian Sanders, a 10 year member
of Momix Dance Company and
now artistic director of Junk Dance.
For reservations and information-
call 646-2222.
Stepping Soiree
Dance Competition
Chicago style stepping will come
to Jacksonville for the 2005
Stepping Soiree. They are looking
for the First Coast's best stepping,
spinning, twirling and dipping
couples to compete. The event
begins at 8:00 p.m. on April 9,
2005 at Henrietta's, 9th and Maih,
and there will be free stepping
lessons from 7:30 -8:00. For
registration and ticket information,
please call Soiree Events at 982-
6589 or log onto

"The Laramie Project"
The University of North Florida
Department of English will present
the play "The Laramie Project" at
8:00 p.m. on April 8,9,10 in the
Choral Room of the Fine Arts
Center. Additional performances
will be held at 8:00 p.m. on April
14, 15, 16 on The Greens of the
campus. "The Laramie Project"
chronicles the small western town's
loss of innocence following the
1998 hate murder of University of
Wyoming student Matthew
Shepard. The play explores bigotry,
tolerance, fear, courage, hate and
hope. Tickets may be purchased
through the UNF Ticket Box Office
at 620-2878.
FCCJ Spring
Dance Concert
FCCJ will present their Spring
Dance Concert with guest artist
Brian Sanders formerly of Momix
on April 8th and 9th at the Wilson
Center for the Performing Arts on
the South Campus. For more
information, please call 646-2222.
Family Fun Day
TaMerry's Sports Cafe, 10696-
13 Lem Turner Rd., will host a
Family Fun and Play Day on
Saturday, April 9, 2005 from noon
until 4:00 p.m. The day will feature
food, prizes, games, Black History
and great music. There will be
something for every one of all ages.
Participants can plan to have fun
and it will be a welcome break
from usual routine. Admission is
free. For more information, please
call 996-7122.
Kids Poetry Slam
There will be a Kid's Poetry
Slam and Open Mic for youth ages
10-13 & 14-17 with cash prizes on
Saturday, April 9, 2005 from 1-5
p.m. The Slam will be held at the
Kennedy Center on Lona St. For
more information, call 502-7444.
Charity Bowl
The Stars and Friends of the
Clara White Mission will present
their 7th Annual Alley Oop Charity
Bowl on Saturday, April 9, 2005.
The theme for the event is
"Bowling to Strike Out Hunger."
Bowling will take place at Phoenix
Lanes', 2600 Blanding Blvd.

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Fashion Show
The Sunbeam Circles (Eutsay-
Moses and Alex 'Nancia) is
sponsoring a Fashion Show on
April 9, 2005 at 6:00 p.m. The
event will be held at Prince Hall
Lodge, 2210 W. 10th St. This is a
fundraiser for the children to attend
Grand Lodge on April 16-18, 2005;
however the event is free and open
to the public. For more
information, please call 757-0646
or 354-6406.
Home Seminar
Trish McCrary will be
presenting a feature "Arrange for
Change" creating innovations for a
fresh home look at the second
coffee for Mayport Women's
Connection on Monday, April 11,
2005 at 10:00 a.m. at the USO
Center, 2560 Mayport Rd.
Childcare will be provided.
Reservations for coffee,
refreshments, and nursery are
essential and may be made by
calling Kate at 221-1598 or
Carolyn at 221-0670.
Free Health Fair
On Saturday, April 16, 2005,
St. Vincent's Family Medicine
Center, 2627 Riverside Ave. will
hold a free health fair from 10:00
a.m. 2:00 p.m. The St. Vincent's
Staff will offer a community health
fair with lectures and free
screenings for cholesterol, vision,
speech, hearing and body fat
measurement. Mammograms will
be available by appointment only at
308-3780. For more information,
please call 308-5465.
Broadway Play:
The Producers
The long running Award
winning play "The Producers" will
be in Jacksonville, April 12-17,
,2005 at the Times Union Center for
the Performing Arts. The Mel
Brooks penned production has been
dubbed one of the funniest,
fearlessly irreverent things ever
seen on stage. For ticket
information, please call 632-3373.
Sapelo Island
Descendants Meeting
There will be a very important
meeting of all Sapelo Island
descendants on Friday, April 15,
2005 at the Kappa Alpha Psi
Fraternity House, 3717 W.
Moncrief Rd. The president of the
island's preservation society will be
on hand to discuss "land related
issues and other topics of interest.
For more information, please call
Gracie Lewis Chandler at 751-

FCCJ Mystery Lunch
The next JCCI Forward
"Mystery Guest Lunch" is set for
Wednesday, April 13, 2005 at
11:45 a.m. 1:00 p.m. at River
City Brewing Co. As a refresher,
JCCI Forward "Mystery Guest
Lunch" involves lunch with Skip
Cramer, JCCI Executive Director,
five forward participants, and a
"mystery guest" The food is good,
the conversations are fantastic, and
friendships/networks formed are
even better. Call or email now to
reserve your seat. For more
information, please call 396-3052
Poetry Slam
The Five Year Celebration of
Soul Release Poetry continues with
the $150 Soul Release Poetry Slam
at Henrietta's Cafe, 9th and Main,
on Saturday, April 16, 2005 at 7:30
p.m. The first 15 poets to sign up
can compete for $150 cash and
other prizes, to pre-register email
info@nokturnalescape.com Each
poem should be no longer than 3
minutes in length, although a 10
second grace period can be given.
For more information, please call
Scholarship Banquet
Empowerment Resources Inc.
will present Journey Into
Womanhood's first Annual Charity
Scholarship Banquet, an awards
celebration honoring youth on
Saturday, April 16, 2005. The
begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m.
followed by a dinner at 7:30 p.m.
The banquet will be held at the
Radisson Riverwalk Hotel, 1515
Prudential Dr. The evening will
feature a generational address on
the topic of a personal journey into
womanhood from Atty. Anja
Chauhan, Arvella Townsend and
Dr. Lois Gibson. For tickets or
other information, please call 268-
Duval County Retired
Education Association
All newly retired teachers are
urged to attend a special meeting at
The Singleton Center, 150 E. First
St. on April 17, 2005. The regular
social reception will start at 9:30
and the meeting will be held at
10:15. The organization offers a
cultural and educational home for
readjusting your life. and offers
permanent ways to stay on a serene
and healthy track of pride and
enjoyment. For more information,
please contact Mrs. Mildred
Goldman, President at 665-0059.

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you. Call our toll-free number and talk to a real
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Management Seminar
The National African-American
Women's Leadership Institute will
present a seminar on Self-
Management, "A Strategic Tool for
Effective Leadership". Participants
will join other working women and
benefit from skills building
workshops and networking
opportunities. The forum will take
place on April 15, 2005 from 8:00
a.m. 5:00 p.m. at the University
of North Florida University Center.
For more information, please call
Dangerous Curves
Lasting Impressions Fashion
Ensemble, Inc. will present The
Dangerous Curves Health and
Beauty Extravaganza on Saturday,
April 16, 2005, at the Ritz Theater
& La Villa Museum. The theme for
the event, "Celebrating Women -
Mind, Body & Spirit!" will join
together women across
Jacksonville they shop, entertain
and become renewed. The
reception begins at 6:00 p.m. and
fashion show begins at 7:00 p.m.
Proceeds from the event will
benefit The Hubbard House. For
more information, please call 714-
3rd Annual Diabetes
Exposed Program
On Saturday, April 16, 2005,
Sthe American Diabetes Association
will be holding its third annual
Diabetes Exposed program. The
event will be held at the Bethelite
Conference Center, 5865 Arlington
Expwy, from 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
Admission is $5.00 at the door,
parking is free, and children 12 and
under are free. $1.00 off admission
coupons are available if you call
the ADA office. For more
information, please call 730-7200,
ext 3064.
C.A.R.E.S. Meeting
The general meeting of the First
Coast C.A.R.E.S. (Consortium for
AIDS Resources, Evaluation and
Services) will be held on
Wednesday, April 20, 2005 at
Smith Auditorium, Duval County
Health Department, 515 W. 6th St.
at 5:00 p.m. For more information,
please call 394-5733.
Spring Tour of Homes
The 31st Annual Spring Tour of
Homes of the Riverside Avondale
Historic District will be held on
April 23-24, 2005 from 10:00 a.m.
5:00 p.m. The self guided tour of
the neighborhood will feature the
largest variety of architectural
styles in Florida. For more
information, please call 389-2449.
Ask an Expert
The Beaver Street Enterprise
Center for Small Business
Resource Network presents "Ask
an Expert" on April 26, 2005 from
12 noon 1:00 p.m. at Beaver St.
Enterprise Center, 1225 W. Beaver
St. This free event will feature a
panel of experts comprised of an
accountant, a business attorney,
banker, and an insurance agent who
will spend an hour answering small
business questions. Reservations
are required as seating is limited.
To register or for more information,
please call 620-2477.

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prenatal care and ask
your doctor for an HIV

If you have HIV or AIDS,
medical treatment can
help you have a healthy
Call 1.800.FLA.AIDS
for more information.

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Dianne Reeves
In Concert
Dianne Reeves, the first artist in
Grammy history to win the "Best
Jazz Vocal Album" category three
years in a row will be in concert at
the UNF arena on Thursday, April
21, 2005 from 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
For more information, please call
the UNF Ticket Box Office at 620-
How to Start a Mentoring
The Kesler Mentoring
Connection will present the Power
of Two: How to Start and Maintain
a Mentoring Program on April 21,
2005 from 9:00a.m. 4:00p.m. The
class will be held at 9700 Phillips
Highway, Suite2 in the Arts Center.
The workshop is for organizations
who want to incorporate one-to-one
mentoring. The six hour training is
designed to equip organizations
with the best practices in program
management. For more information
or questions regarding the
workshop, please contact Cindy
Harpman, Executive Director 224-
Etiquette Club Meeting
The White Glove Social Grace
& Etiquette Club for Young Ladies
will hold and interest meeting for
young ladies 12-17 on Saturday,
April 23, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. The
meeting will take place at the
Beaver Street Enterprise Center,
1225 W. Beaver St. The club is an
organization established for the
purpose of self esteem and is
independent of any social or Greek
letter organization. All Young
Ladies must be accompanied by
Parent or Guardian. For more
information, or to reserve your
space, please call Karen
Washington at 714-3537.

Community Hospice
Food Drive
The Auxiliary of Community
Hospice of Northeast Florida will
hold a Food Drive on Wednesday,
April 27, 2005 from 8:00 a.m. -
4:00 p.m. at the Earl B. Harlow
Center for Caring, 4266 Sunbeam
Rd. Items needed include foods
such as canned meats, individual
puddings, fruit, soups, pasta and
sauce, peanut butter, jellies, and
toiletries. The Auxiliary is also
selling $1 tickets for a May 3rd
drawing. Prizes include a 24" flat
screen stereo/surround sound
television, 14-carat gold jewelry,
artwork and more. Winners do not
have to be present at the time of the
drawing. For more information,
please call 268-0803.

A Gospel Musical
Stage Aurora will bring to
Jacksonville Mahalia A Gospel
Musical. The theater's spring
performances will be on April 29,
30 and May 1 in addition to May
6-8. The play tells the life story of
Mahalia Jackson. Performances
will be held in the Bryant
Auditorium at FCCJ North
Campus. For ticket information,
please call 765-7373.

April 7-13, 2005

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Hollywood Gossip Scoop

Ray'filmmakers to tackle baseball pioneer.
With the success of "Ray" in the I I
face of studios who passed on the
concept in its initial stages, the bio- '
pic's producers Baldwin Entertain- '*.
ment Group are signed on to helm a
feature film about the life of Jackie
Robinson, the first black player in /
Major League Baseball.
"This will be our next 'Ray,'" said producer How-
ard Baldwin, whose film on Charles earned Jamie Foxx
the best actor Academy Award. "This is one of the most
important stories not just in sports, but in our history."
Robert Redford's Wildwood Enterprises will co-
produce the film, which will feature input from execu-
tives in Major League Baseball and has received the
blessing of Jackie Robinson's widow, Rachel, and
Branch Rickey Jr., son of the Dodgers general manager.
Hopes on to honor Charles' memory with museum.
Genius may love company, but it
also cannot be forgotten. Like the
life and music of Ray Charles which
may be immortalized in a Ray
Charles Museum. Plans were un-
S veiled last week in Los Angeles.
L _B Plans include the transformation of
the three-story building that housed
S the legendary Rhythm and Blues
man's original recording studio.
The project would turn the building into an educa-
tional center and museum with a collection of rotating
exhibits that tribute Charles, his career, and soul music.
In addition, the newly revamped center would include
working studios and offices of Ray Charles Enterprises.
Organizers hope the city will give its OK.
Charles' longtime manager, Joe Adams designed
and built the studio in 1964 as the RPM building, where
Charles recorded some of his classic tracks as well as
works from his final album "Genius Loves Company,"
which snagged five Grammys last February and topped
the Billboard charts.

80s star to be the subject of new UK comic book hero.
Thanks the big screen, comic fans
have had the opportunity to reac-
quaint themselves with the likes of
Spiderman, the Hulk, the X-Men, ,.
Elektra, the Punisher, Hellboy,
John Constantine, and soon the '
Fantastic Four.
Nevertheless, the entertainment
industry is ready to move to the
next step a live action hero turned into a comic book
hero. Get ready for Mr. T the comic book hero. Comic
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book company. APComics made one for the biggest
licensing deals in the history of UK Comics with one of
the world's most popular people. Mr. T.
Known worldwide for his role as B.A. Baracas on the
80s television show "The A-Team." Mr. T has, interest-
ingly, become a household word across the pond. As a
matter of fact, he was named one of European's most
"popular" Americans third only to President John
Kennedy Jr. and Martin Luther King Jr.
Euro-fans will get to check out the new comic book,
which will be scripted by up and coming British writer
Christopher Bunting, at the UK Comic Expo in mid-
Ladies and gentleman, your
new round of has-beens on
VHI's "The Surreal Life" was
,,l > announced Tuesday. Moving
under one roof next season: "the
world's first supermodel" Janice
Dickinson; MLB vet Jose Can-
seco; Sandi Denton (Pepa of
Salt-n-Pepa); Bronson Pinchot
("Bosom Buddies"); Omarosa ("The Apprentice"); UK
glamour model Caprice; and motorcross star Carey

Sometimes being Star Jones Reynolds can be a drag.
In fact on April Fools Day, she was targeted by The
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).
They targeted the co-host of "The View" with a parody
of Jones Reynolds outside the ABC studio.
On display was a new "Fur is a Drag" ad featuring 6-
foot-tall cross-dresser Flotilla DeBarge dressed in a
large white wedding gown and a white fur coat splashed
with blood.
And why all the fuss? PETA has listed Jones Rey-
nolds four times on its annual "worst dressed" list, citing
her fondness for fur.

*What do you get the Queen of Soul for her birth-
day? Anything she wants. Legendary soulstress Aretha
Franklin celebrated her birthday in Detroit recently,
kicking off the festivities with some close friends, like
gospel great Richard Smallwood.
Friends enjoyed "Aretha Burgers," made of prime
ground beef, jalepeno peppers, minced garlic, Frank's
Hot Sauce, a slice of tomato, and a slice red onion.
But that was only the beginning. The town of De-
troit, including former Mayor Dennis Archer, Martha
Reeves, Keith Washington, and others joined
Re-re for a bash, with performances Freddie Jackson,
Melba Moore, and The Imperials.
The birthday weekend closed out in preparation for
the Queen's new album.

Puff & Family Enjoy a Day at Disney
Sean P. Diddy Combs and girlfriend Kim Porter take a ride aboard the Tomorrowland Indy Speedway attrac-
tion with son Christian, age 7, last week at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Combs and
Porter joined son Christian at Walt Disney World to celebrate his seventh birthday. Here, the trio takes a ride
aboard the scale model cars at the racing-themed attraction in the Magic Kingdom, as Christian takes the wheel
of the car. Christian's birthday celebration also included rides aboard Space Mountain, a birthday luncheon and
a special meet-and-greet with all the Disney characters.

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Creamy and mouthwateringly yummy, cheesecake
is still America's favorite dessert, popular with both
restaurant chefs and home cooks. And what better
season than spring to celebrate its lighter texture and
warm colors? Serve your homemade cheesecake
proudly on a cake stand or plate, garnished simply
with fresh berries, chocolate shavings, edible spring
flower blossoms or paper-thin slices of citrus fruit.
Cheesecake certainly looks luscious, but it's the
taste and texture that are the true hallmarks of this
dessert. Cheesecake can take on just about any
palate-pleasing flavor, from citrus, berry or orchard + ''
fruits to nuts, coffee and chocolate. Yet it's the silky
smooth texture that is the real standout. Achieving
this rich creaminess is easy when you use sweetened
condensed milk, a classic dessert staple as conven-
ient as your pantry or grocery store shelves.

Lemony Cheesecake
With Fresh Fruit
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 50 minutes
Makes one (9-inch) cheesecake
1/cups graham cracker crumbs
/cup sugar
/cup butter or margarine, melted
2 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese,
1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand
Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT
evaporated milk)
3 eggs
/cup lemon juice from concentrate
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup fresh assorted fruit (optional)
1. Preheat oven to 300F.
Combine graham cracker crumbs,
sugar and butter; press firmly on
bottom of 9-inch springform pan.
2. In large bowl, beat cream
cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat
in sweetened condensed milk until
smooth. Add eggs, lemon juice and
vanilla; mix well.
3. Pour into prepared pan. Bake
50 to 55 minutes or until center is
set (center springs back when light-
ly touched). Cool. Chill.
4. Serve with fruit (top cake with
fruit or serve on side, optional).
Store leftovers covered in refrigera-

Luscious Baked Chocolate
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 1 hour and 5 minutes

Makes one (9-inch) cheesecake
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/cups graham cracker crumbs
/cup sugar
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese,
1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand
Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT
evaporated milk)
1 (12-ounce) package semi-sweet
chocolate chips or 8 (1-ounce)
squares semi-sweet chocolate, melt-
4 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 300F. Combine
butter, graham cracker crumbs and
sugar; press firmly on bottom of 9-
inch springform pan.
2. In large bowl, beat cream
cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat
in sweetened condensed milk until
3. Add remaining ingredients; mix
well. Pour into prepared pan. Bake
1 hour and 5 minutes or until cake
springs back when lightly touched.
Cool. Chill. Garnish as desired.
Store leftovers covered in refrigera-

Butterscotch Cheesecake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Baking Time: 50 minutes
Makes one (9-inch) cheesecake
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
1 fi cups graham cracker crumbs
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand
Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT

evaporated milk)
3/4 cup cold water
1 (3 5/8-ounce) package butter-
scotch pudding/pie filling mix
3 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese,
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Whipped cream
Crushed hard butterscotch candy
1. Preheat oven to 3750F.
Combine butter, graham cracker
crumbs and sugar; press firmly on
bottom of 9-inch springform pan.
2. In medium saucepan, combine
sweetened condensed milk and
water; mix well. Stir in pudding
mix. Over medium heat, cook and
stir until thickened and bubbly.
3. In large bowl, beat cream
cheese until fluffy. Beat in eggs and
vanilla, then pudding mixture. Pour
into prepared pan. Bake 50 minutes
or until golden brown around edge
(center will be soft).
4. Cool to room temperature.
Chill. Garnish with whipped cream
and crushed candy. Store leftovers
covered in refrigerator.

Marbled Cheesecake
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Baking Time: 50 to 60 minutes
Makes one (9-inch) cheesecake
1/cups graham cracker crumbs
fi cup finely chopped walnuts
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter or margarine, melted
4 (8-ounce) packages cream cheese,

Shown above is Lemony Cheesecake with Fresh Fruit and

1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand
Sweetened Condensed Milk
4 eggs
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 (1-ounce) squares semi-sweet
chocolate, melted
1. Preheat oven to 3500F.
Combine graham cracker crumbs,
walnuts, sugar and butter; press

firmly on bottom of 9-inch spring-
form pan.
2. In large bowl, beat cream
cheese until fluffy. Gradually beat
in sweetened condensed milk until
smooth. Beat in eggs, flour and
3. Measure 1 1/2 cups batter into
medium bowl. Add chocolate; mix
well. Spoon half the vanilla batter

into prepared pan then half the
chocolate batter. Repeat process
ending with chocolate batter. With
metal spatula or table knife, gently
swirl batter to marble. Bake 50 to
60 minutes or until center is set.
Cool. Chill. Garnish as desired.
Store leftovers covered in refrigera-

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